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BitFenix Phenom Micro-ATX (White/Black)

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  • Decent
    1 year ago
    Updated: 10 months ago
    + Lovely shape! Boring with the old standard towers

    + Get place with more components than you think

    + Clean design

    -It's more gray than white! If it stands white then it should be white! It must be in very bright light if it should look white

    - The front panel sits on the side has a disadvantage, it is the side that is removed to power the computer. The cables are not long so it becomes bending when you need to replace computer parts.
    However, it is perfectly excellent to change places on the side plates. The panel then becomes so clear up and down but at least it does not matter to me and it is clearly worth it according to me

    -3.5 inch hard disks should be mounted together with rubber rings on the screw holes to prevent vibration. These rings are clean debris and not particularly reliable. If you tighten the screws, the rings will almost pass through the holes and the hard disks will loose. Not good..I mounted my hard drives at the bottom instead
  • Very good
    4 years ago
    Updated: 2 years ago
    Have no obvious errors, are well equipped with fans and connectors, lots of hard drives and you name it. Good accessibility because one can easily unlock both sides and the motherboard is flat.

    But it's not as small and pretty as you can imagine - it's as loud and deep as a "regular" μATX chassis but significantly wider. There will be quite a lot of deaths in the front end.

    So this is not your next HTPC directly - it's rather a fullower for μATX motherboard.

    UPDATE: After a few years, the big Ø200 (230? I did not measure) the fan in the front, which I noticed when the CPU / GPU fans suddenly began to wean. It has fallen in love with dust. They do not cost much, so I'm a little annoyed by the matter, but I'm still pulling a star for crazy fan quality. One with encapsulated layers would be in place.
  • Excellent
    3 years ago
    Updated: 3 years ago
    A little cramped inside but it becomes the when buying Micro-ATX chassis and assemble full-sized graphics cards.
  • Excellent
    4 years ago
    Updated: 4 years ago
    Neat and compact chassis and that is why I chose it. Almost little Apple feeling when it is in white, however, is the large air intake cover on the top black unnecessarily.

    Quite crowded and unconventional to work in, but they have built a can or two before so it should be no problem. My Hyper 212 Evo cooler is maximum one millimeter from that touch the hard drives that I put on the side, not optimal but it seems to work. The LEDs are so strong that I snatched the power lamp.

    Run with the Asus GeForce GTX970 graphics card Strix and it fits without problems. Use the supplied fans plus a 120-millimeter, have pulled them down to half speed at idle in UEFI and when the computer is almost silent.
  • Excellent
    5 years ago
    Updated: 5 years ago
    Have now used the chassis a few days. I can only speak from my own building, of which the important parts are:
    1x 3.5 "HDD
    1x 2.5 "SSD
    GPU: MSI GTX 970
    CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H60 v2
    6x 120mm fans (2 included with chassis)
    600W PSU (Modular)
    mATX motherboard
    Creative Sound Blaster Z
    (Other parts like CPU, etc. is not necessary to point out when they do not take up any space.)

    First of all - it's a * really * neat chassis! I previously had a mATX chassis of LianLi but decided to change then dust filters were too fiddly to clean, and in the long run, I could not even see the front lights so packed with dust that turned out. Therefore, it was between BitFenix ??Prodigy M and this. After a few hours of research, I felt that the Phenom is the obvious choice for mATX. There are certainly more practical chassis out there for mATX computers but not as good-looking in my opinion!

    What then is fine with this chassis? I agree largely with what roekpoffen pointed out, it's neat, quiet and relatively good airflow. The design clean appearance is excellent, and even on the inside, there is plenty of room for cables and the like. However, remember that it is a small chassis so you'll probably still plan a little in advance the order in which you should install things!

    Though there are some blunders regarding the design according to me. I would have been able to have a fan in the front to take in air, unfortunately nätagregatet takes up all the space in the front (coupled with an extension cable to the rear of the chassis). The only intake is therefore at the top of the chassis where there is space for two fans, which is * very * close to my video card when I had to place it a little higher to make room for my sound card. It holds about 5mm between the fan and the graphics card.

    Anyway it seems to work fine! Have not noticed anything bad about it, although it looks rather alarmingly out. Another small design flaw would be the side panel with start / restart buttons and so on. It had not been too bad if they sat on the opposite side so you could run the cables easier instead of having to sit and fiddle with them. One can of course mount it on the opposite side of the chassis, but the buttons will end up upside down, but it has not exactly any great importance.

    Apart from that, I think the case is great! The water cooling will fit properly in the bottom of the chassis (located closest toward my nätagregat) and cables are fine in a sorted high above the PSU without striking any fans or dampen airflow.

    I mounted the course away 5.25 "cradle when I felt it unnecessary. Chose to have a little extra room but instead had undoubtedly worked to have it., If used, it will a great graphics card möjligvis not fit of course!

    All in all, a 9! Excellent simply. Some småtabbar but it is a small and handy chassis that still holds very "heavy" stuff. :)
  • Very good
    5 years ago
    Updated: 5 years ago
    Very nice chassis.

    Pro
    + Intelligent design (small)
    + Good airflow
    + Nicely
    + Quiet

    Cons
    -A little crowded mounting system
    -Cumbersome to draw fans in the top of the motherboard in place

    Bought this frame a few weeks ago, using the supplied "Heat Shield" at the bottom where I have my HDD and SDD installed.
    The included device for mounting the disks did however go out with 5.25 "cradle.
    The fans that came felt pretty ordinary and boring, but they never came to be tested.
    In short, very nice chassis with a small footprint.